Chosen as one of the Top Ten CDs of 2006 by Ken Dryden, Jazz Journalist Association; John Chacona, Jazz Journalist Association; Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix. Five Stars from Jazzman Magazine, France.
Critically acclaimed vocalist Dominique Eade’s long-awaited CD, “Open” with pianist Jed Wilson is Eade’s first CD release since “The Long Way Home” was released on RCA Victor in 1999.
On their new CD, “Open" (Jazz Project 3001), vocalist and composer Dominique Eade and pianist Jed Wilson perform unusual covers, rarely heard standards, and songs penned by Eade for the duo, including some brand new originals. Eade and Wilson met while Wilson was a student at New England Conservatory, where Eade has been on the faculty for twenty-two years.
From the Liner Notes by Kevin Whitehead/NPR's Fresh Air:
“…if you wanted to spotlight Eade’s gifts, as a musician who’s never sounded more in command of her glorious instrument, or as an interpreter who brings out the drama in a lyric without over-reaching, you could hardly do better.”
New Reviews of Open:
"This album of captivating minimalism is simply vocalist Dominique Eade and pianist Jed Wilson's accompaniment. Eade possesses a lovely, remarkably flexible voice. Her range is as impressive as her clarity, and she adds a fine interpretive gift to all these attributes. Eade composed seven of the album's 11 tunes, including "Go Gently to the Water" and "In My Secret Life," both of which share a blues/ gospel vibe. In a different groove, take notice of excellence of "Open Letter," as well as the wistful mood of "W.G." -Philip Van Vleck -Billboard Magazine
"...an exquisite set, start-to finish...With a lot of talent out there in the female vocalist field, this one stands out for its honesty, intelligence and spare and unalloyed beauty." -Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
"Her fifth recording is both demanding and intimate, featuring duets with the promising young pianist Jed Wilson, who has a knack for providing just the perfect voicing to accompany Eade's expressive vocals, which sometimes incorporate sudden twists and leaps. Eade's adventurous spirit extends to her wide-ranging choice of material, ranging from a touching rendition of the bittersweet "Never Let Me Go" to her playful interpretation of "You Fascinate Me So" (which features a particularly inventive solo by Wilson) to Leonard Cohen's "In My Secret Life" (a work suggested by her pianist, where Eade exhibits her potent lower and middle ranges). But the vocalist is also a superb composer, as demonstrated in her striking originals. The pastoral sound of "Go Gently to the Water," the quirky, infectious "Series of One," the demanding ballad "W.G." in which she hits high notes effortlessly and the upbeat love song "Open Letter" leave a lasting impressions of a gifted vocalist and composer who is clearly deserving of wider exposure." Ken Dryden, allmusic
“Her voice was rich and clear and strong in all ranges; she had musicianship and cool intelligence…she had absorbed some of Saran Vaughan’s fearsome technique.” Ben Ratliff, The New York Times, 2005
“I was fortunate to hear Dominique Eade in person during the last Jazz Times Convention in 1998. Someone needs to get this extremely talented vocalist into the studio for a record date. If you haven’t picked up all of her CDs, do so before they become collector’s items fetching high prices.” Ken Dryden, All About Jazz, 2005
“Dominique Eade’s shows last year in this same room…were among the best local jazz performances of 2005. Eade’s singing was marvelous, whether singing actual words or applying her voice to instrumental lines. [Jed] Wilson’s piano work, skilled and subtle, made plain why a guy so young has become Eade’s duo partner of choice.” Bill Beuttler, The Boston Globe, 2006
“The Boston-based vocalist recently came to town and introduced a handful of new, grippingly poetic tunes as well as very impressive pianist, Jed Wilson…she sings [them] with a voice that enjoys its own acrobatic splendor.” Jim Macnie, The Village Voice, 2005
“Nearby in the West Village, vocalist Dominique Eade continued her resurfacing act…she played with guitarist Brad Shepik on several new originals, exhibiting a wide vocal range (including sustained high notes) and scatting with tasteful abandon.” Dan
Ouelette, Billboard, 2006
“Dominique Eade has long been one of the finest jazz singers in a town full of great ones. (Many of the current generation are her former students.) She’s at the top of her game these days.” The Boston Phoenix, 2006
“Besides, I already knew who the Next Thing in jazz singing would be: Dominique Eade…an impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger.” David Hajdu, The New York Times Magazine, 2000
“One of the finest musicians in town.” The Boston Phoenix, 2005
“With her peerless control and exquisite taste and imagination, Dominique Eade is our favorite local jazz singer.” The Boston Phoenix, 2001
"Eade's vocal control and imagination are peerless," say s the Boston Phoenix.
“She’s one of the few imaginative artists to have emerged in the field of jazz singing in this decade,” says New York Newsday of vocalist Dominique Eade. Peter Watrous of the New York Times praises her “...immensely appealing sound…” and in a New York Times review of a recent performance, Ben Ratliff writes that Eade “…had absorbed some of Sarah Vaughan’s fearsome technique…Her voice was rich and clear and strong in all ranges; she had musicianship and cool intelligence and didn’t seem to be ahistorical or to have arrived at jazz by accident.” David Hajdu wrote in the New York Times Magazine, “I already knew who the Next Thing in jazz singing would be: Dominique Eade. An impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger...”
Entertainment Weekly named Eade Best Jazz Singer in their article on up-and-coming artists of 1996. The 1998 First Annual Jazz Awards in NYC nominated Eade for Best Debut Artist. She was voted in the top ten for Best Jazz Singer, and TDWR categories in the 1999 Downbeat Critics' Poll, and TDWR in the1998 Downbeat Critics' poll. She has been nominated five times for Best Jazz Vocalist in the Boston Music Awards and was voted Best Jazz Vocalist in 1996 and 1999. Eade was nominated for Best Jazz in Boston in the 2001 boston.citysearch.com. Signed to RCA Victor in 1996, Eade has been a featured performer in festivals including the Porto Jazz Festival in Portugal, The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival’s “Diva’s of Jazz” concert with Terri Thornton and Abbey Lincoln (NYC), the Toulon Jazz Festival in France, the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway, The Knitting Factory's “What is Jazz?” Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Litchfield CT Jazz Festival and many Boston Globe and Regatta Bar Jazz Festivals in Boston. In 1994 she was an artist-in-residence at the Wichita Jazz Festival, and she has been a clinician and performer throughout the United States and Europe.
Eade’s second recording for RCA Victor, The Long Way Home, features Dave Holland, Victor Lewis, Bruce Barth, Mick Goodrick and Cyro Baptista. A combination of songs by some of Eade’s favorites, including Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael, and Eade’s own originals, the new CD explores the theme of home and the roads that lead you there. The Long Way Home reached the top ten on the Gavin Poll and was voted one of the year’s ten best by many critics. CDNow’s Ken Micallef writes, “Within the first few bars you know Eade is something seriously special. Eade makes you reconsider everything she touches as she eloquently interprets each song.” Of her original songs on the CD Ed Hazell of The Boston Phoenix says, “Composer Eade pens melodies and lyrics that display the classic values of great American songwriting without sounding old-fashioned. For instance, “Rounding the Bend” has a knowing irony about heartache and a poetic use of metaphor and imagery that make it refreshingly witty and not at all self-serious.” Jason Koransky of Downbeat Jazz says “ the album creates a focused, lyrical and conversational atmosphere full of subtle nuance and superb musicianship.”
Her 1997 RCA Victor debut, When the Wind Was Cool, “...a magnificently conceived and executed nod to June Christy and Chris Connor”—The Boston Globe, was voted one of the Top Ten CD's of 1997 by critics for Jazz Times, Jazziz, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix. Produced by Ben Sidran, the CD revisits the repertoire of Connor and Christy with arrangements by Eade, Phillip Johnston, Fred Hersch and Allan Chase, and features Benny Golson, Steve Nelson, Fred Hersch, Matt Wilson and Peter Leitch. “Eade's rich voice, her effortless delivery and the tasteful assurance with which she embellishes melodies make her sound totally at home with this repertoire.... Benny Golson could have easily stolen the scene if not for Eade's commanding vocals.”—Atlantic Monthly. The Boston Herald calls it “...poignant and more often than not, downright gorgeous.”
Prior to signing with RCA, Eade released two self-produced CDs on the Accurate Records label. Both CDs combined a repertoire of lesser-known standards and Eade's own compositions. Her debut CD, The Ruby and the Pearl (Accurate CD 3924), featuring Stanley Cowell and Alan Dawson, won critical acclaim from Billboard, Jazz Times, The Boston Phoenix, CD Review, Jazz Hot,, Jazziz, and many other journals in the United States. Critics for Cadence Magazine selected The Ruby and the Pearl as one of the ten best jazz recordings of 1991. Nationwide air play helped to make her debut recording one of the best selling CDs on the Accurate label.
The follow-up release, My Resistance is Low (Accurate CD 3925), features her longtime collaborator pianist Bruce Barth, along with bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash. It was voted one of the Top Ten jazz releases of 1995 by Billboard Magazine, #1 Jazz Vocal Record of 1995 by Ann Arbor News, and received four stars from Down Beat. With her “...dark and enveloping alto, penchant for melodic risks and the ability to resolve them with assurance and grace, she covers obscure gems, writes intriguing originals and swings ballads into deep, delicious grooves.”—The New Yorker
A look at Eade’s performing companions reveals her wide-ranging musical taste. She has worked extensively with pianist Ran Blake in duo performances and as a member of the Ran Blake Quintet with Ricky Ford. She was a soloist under the baton of Anthony Braxton in two Braxton operas performed at the Kitchen in NYC. In Boston, she co-led a group for several years with guitarist Mick Goodrick and led her own trio with pianist Donald Brown. While in New York, she had a working group with bassist Ben Street and drummer Kenny Wolessen, and she and bassist Mark Helias formed a duo. She has also performed with Bill Frisell, Cecil McBee, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Pierce, Billy Drummond, Larry Goldings, John Medeski and Bob Moses, Fred Hersch and works frequently with guitarist Brad Shepik. Eade has been a soloist with Butch Morris, Orange Then Blue, the Either/Orchestra, Marimolin, Boston Musica Viva, Composers in Red Sneakers, and the Jazz Composers’ Alliance.
Since 1984, Eade has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory, where she teaches voice, composition and improvisation. She founded and oversees the Jazz Vocal program which includes classes, private lessons and ensembles. In the 1994 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, three of the eleven finalists, including the winner, Sara Lazarus, were Eade’s students. The 1998 third -place winner Roberta Gambarini, also studied with Eade. In the 2004 competition, Eade’s students Rachel Price and Jo Lawry were both finalists. Other former students receiving acclaim include Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Lisa Thorson, Patrice Williamson, Kris Adams, David Devoe, Rachel Price and Julie Hardy. After a six-year stay in New York City, Eade returned in 1996 to the Boston area, where she currently resides with husband, saxophonist Allan Chase, and sons, Julian and Stephen.
Jed Wilson grew up in Gladstone, Oregon and began studying piano at a young age. As a teenager, Wilson was an active performer on the Portland jazz scene at haunts such as the Typhoon Lounge, and won prestigious awards (including Downbeat Magazine's 'Best High School Jazz Soloist' honor three years in a row). In addition to studying and performing jazz, Wilson continued his classical studies, composed songs, and accompanied choirs and vocal soloists.
Wilson came to Boston in 2000 after receiving a scholarship to study at the New England Conservatory. His wide-ranging taste and abilities were evident in his performing choices (NEC Honors Jazz Ensemble, The Wild Band of Snee, featuring Grammy-nominated cellist Rushad Eggleston, and duo and quartet work with vocalist Dominique Eade).
After graduation and a brief stint in New York City, Wilson is now living in Portland, Oregon again, where he was recently featured in
the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute's annual Young Artist Jazz Concert.
Collaborators now for over two years, Dominique Eade and Wilson have recorded a CD of duets, "Open" (Jazz Project 3001) to be released this fall. In a review of a recent performance he singled out as one of the year's best, Bill Beuttler of the Boston Globe writes, "Wilson's piano work, skilled and subtle, made plain why a guy so young has become Eade's duo partner of choice."